R-C Sports 2013
Editor’s note: Today marks the start of The Record-Courier’s look back on the Top 10 sports stories of 2013 as compiled by staff. Today we look at Nos. 6 through 10. The final 5 stories will be reviewed in The R-C on Sunday.
■ Sandra Wendel, Minden triathlete: Wendel showed age has no limits for athletes in August when she won her women’s 60-64 year old age group at the Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Quebec. She completed the race — a 2.4-mile swim, 112 cycling miles and 26.2-mile run — in a time of 13 hours, 20 minutes and 56 seconds. The performance enabled Wendel to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii — where she placed fifth. So, what was her goal? “For me, every goal is just to finish, and to finish as well as I can,” Wendel said. “You’re blessed if you do and don’t have mechanical problems with your bike or you don’t have stomach issues because of the food. To me, I think it’s just going to be a celebration.”
■ Douglas High School girls soccer team wins league title: After absorbing a 2-1 loss at Galena on Oct. 12, the Tigers ran off four straight victories to close out their regular season to capture the Sierra League title. The finale came with a 1-0 win at home against arch rival Carson, a game decided by a Kassidy Freitas goal. The Tigers won their region tournament opener against McQueen, only to see their season end with another loss against Galena, this time by a 1-0 score in the semifinals. Douglas ended its season with a 14-2-2 overall record.
■ Douglas High School girls tennis team wins Sierra League title: The Tigers were undefeated on their way to the league championship, including a big 12-6 win over Galena, and all the way to the region team tournament finals when they lost to powerful Reno, 15-3. Meanwhile, freshman Madelyn Landerfelt emerged as the league’s No. 1 seed in the region tournament’s singles bracket and all the way to the finals before losing to unbeaten McCall Board. Landerfelt’s highlight came in the semifinals when she defeated Reno’s talented McKenna Levitt for the first time.
■ Wyatt Denny closes high school rodeo career: Denny went out with back-to-back state all-around cowboy and bareback riding titles, in addition to winning the boys cutting in June. The Minden cowboy qual;ified for his fourth straight trip to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., where he finished fifth in bareback. He was only four points out of the lead heading into the short go. Denny is now competing for the Panola College rodeo team in Carthage, Texas, where he started out by winning the all-around cowboy at Panola’s rodeo in September.
■ Coleville High School football wins Division IV West championship: Never mind the school’s enrollment of 56, the Wolves swept to 9 straight victories en route to the state semifinals before losing to Pahranagat Valley and its nation-leading win streak (now 68 games). Coleville wrapped up the Western Division title with wins at home on back weekends — 50-43 over Virginia City and 52-34 over Mineral County. Quarterback Seth Huhta threw four touchdown passes and ran for two others while Joel Gomez came up with a game-changing interception in the red zone late in the third quarter to put the Wolves on track to their homecoming and league clinching win against Mineral County.